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CCLEC re-introduces its Executive Diploma in Customs Management
Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:48

graduationFollowing the deferment of the previous Customs Management Program, CCLEC is re-introducing the Program in partnership with the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) and Charles Sturt University (CSU), a national Australian university. 

The Executive Diploma is offered to CCLEC member administrations with the objective of availing staff with an opportunity to obtain an academic qualification specializing in Customs. It has been developed by CCES, Charles Sturt University, in conjunction with CCLEC to meet the training and education requirements of CCLEC members and is compliant with the WCO PICARD competency requirements. Successful completion of the course will also provide advanced standing for further academic study in this area of Border Management offered by CSU.

The specific goals of the course are:

  • To establish a learning culture at the frontline and operational level within the CCLEC member administrations
  • To provide operational staff the opportunity to obtain a tertiary qualification related to Customs competencies locally within their own working environments
  • To provide operational – frontline staff the opportunity to obtain a tertiary qualification that is articulated into an accredited academic qualification in the field of border management
  • To build operational capacity within CCLEC member administrations


The course is scheduled to commence in January 2015. For more details please refer to the brochure .

Registration is now OPEN

Permanent Secretary of CCLEC attends WCO 2014 Council Sessionin Brussels
Monday, 18 August 2014 12:02

wco_meetingThe 2014 WCO Council Session took place during the week of June 26th followed by a Revenue Conference. In attendance were nine members from the CCLEC region as well as the CCLEC PS, who attended both meetings as an observer.

The meeting saw the re-appointment of the current Deputy Secretary General for another five-year term and a number of changes to the Vice Chairs for the various regions. Mexico replaced Uruguay as the Vice Chair for the Caribbean region while the Dominican Republic was appointed to the Audit Committee. The new Vice Chair has reassured the PS of his office’s commitment to work closely with CCLEC and to continue to provide the necessary support to the region.

In an effort to increase participation and visibility of the Caribbean region at these meetings, the PS together with the representative from Jamaica Customs, met with the Deputy Secretary General to discuss a number of initiatives for the region and as a result a Caribbean Donor Conference and some workshops and training will be considered for the near future. 

The Revenue Conference, which was a critical workshop for the region in light of the reduction of revenue, was poorly attended by the Caribbean region save for Jamaica. The conference was held over two days and a number of interesting experiences were shared in addition to some of the WCO tools for combatting revenue fraud and some academic papers on commercial fraud.

Jamaica becomes the first CCLEC English Speaking Caribbean Administration to Launch an AEO Program
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:43


On July 23rd, 2014 Jamaica Customs Agency launched their revamped Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programme which was initially implemented in 2009. The program was however re-evaluated in 2011 by the World Customs Organization and a number of recommendations were made to bring  it on par with global standard including the addition of security which was not in the previous one.

The program represents the first in the CARICOM trading block and will no doubt become a model for the other Customs administrations to follow.

In attendance at the opening were among others:

  1. Dr. the Honourable Peter Phillips MP, Minister of Finance and Planning
  2. Hon. Anthony Hylton minister of industry, investment
  3. Major (Ret’d) Richard Reese CEO/ Commissioner of Jamaica Customs
  4. Mr. Sergio Mujica, Deputy General Secretary, World Customs Organisation (WCO)
  5. Mr. Paul Hilaire, Permanent Secretary, Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council
Friday, 07 June 2013 14:33

_DSC4098CCLEC and IMPACS signed an MOU at the recently held CCLEC Annual Conference in Aruba.
The two organizations recognized collaboration between likeminded organizations was
key to improving the region’s security and for this reason it was decided that a formal
mechanism should be established to enhance greater cooperation and facilitate information sharing.

The Executive Director of IMPACS, Mr Francis Forbes, and the Permanent Secretary of
the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council, Mr Paul Hilaire, signed the MOU on behalf
of the respective organizations.

CCLEC XXXV Annual Conference in Aruba
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:09

_DSC4105aaThe CCLEC celebrated its 35th annual conference under the theme “the impact of Information Communication Technology on Customs”.  The conference which was held in Aruba from May 13-17, 2013 brought together member countries as well as international organization bodies such as the World Bank, Interpol, UNCTAD, WCO and CARICOM IMPACS.

The Conference was preceded by an Opening Ceremony and keynote addresses were delivered by Sergio Mujica, Deputy Secretary General of the WCO, Mr Mike de Meza, Minister of Finance Communication Utilities and Energy and Mr. Otmar Oduber, Minister of Tourism. The Deputy Secretary reminded the meeting of the importance of risk management strategies in light of a changing role of Customs and cited the importance of the WCO pillars which have been developed to strengthen Customs in carrying out its mandate. The Finance Minister, Mr De Meza, in his remarks reinforced the support towards the hosting of the Conference and the need for CCLEC to provide greater support towards capacity building to the Aruba Customs Administration. In the final speech the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Oduber, highlighted the importance of tourism to the economy of Aruba and other Caribbean Islands and stressed the need for Customs Administrations to become more service oriented and facilitating to visitors.
A significant achievement at the opening of the ceremony was the signing of the MOU between CCLEC and CARICOM IMPACS which will assists in enhancing cooperation and sharing of information between the two organisations.

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